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MEDICARE FRAUD COSTS taxpayers and the government. Anyone can abuse the system and commit health-care fraud: health-care providers, suppliers, employees, companies. Here’s some information to help you protect yourself from related scams. Examples of Medicare fraud you might encounter include: Someone uses your Medicare card to get unauthorized supplies, equipment or care A provider bills Medicare for services or equipment …

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Financial Protections for Medicare Enrollees Are Eroding

Enrollment in Medicare Advantage continues to climb steadily as spending reductions enacted in the Affordable Care Act reduce historical overpayments to the private plans, according to a new analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation. But limits on out-of-pocket spending for Medicare-covered services are rising, providing less protection for enrollees with relatively high health care expenses. Medicare Advantage enrollment grew in …

March 19th, 2015

Since 2010, 9.4 million people with Medicare have saved over $15 billion on prescription drugs and 39 million Medicare beneficiaries received preventive services with no cost sharing in 2014. The Department of Health and Human Services released today new information that shows that millions of seniors and people with disabilities with Medicare continued to enjoy prescription drug savings and improved …

February 22, 2015

National Coverage Determination (NCD) for Screening for Lung Cancer with Low Dose Computed Tomography (LDCT) Today the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final national coverage determination that provides for Medicare coverage of Screening for Lung Cancer with Low Dose Computed Tomography (LDCT). The coverage is effective immediately. “This is the first time that Medicare has covered …

December 23, 2014

This week n4a and the Aging Network Volunteer Resource Center announced the six teams that will receive monetary awards as part of a national competition to recognize and support the work that trained volunteer teams are plying in communities across the country in making sure that older adults get to critical medical appointments, are counseled in Medicare options, and more. …

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Coming of Age In Aging America

What will it mean for all of us to grow up, live and age in a society where half the citizens are over the age of 50? Take 4 minutes and watch this video (promo of the documentary that will air on PBS in 2015). These are fascinating concepts about how aging is changing in the US and the world. …

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The Michigan Medicare Medicaid Assistance Program statewide service offers free counseling for the 2015 Medicare Plan changes and new enrollments.

October 15th starts the Medicare Open Enrollment period for 2015. Now is the time to change plan benefits, provider networks, drug formularies and monthly premiums. During the Medicare Open Enrollment period, October 15th to December 7th, all Medicare beneficiaries have the option to change their plans for 2015. This includes anyone with Original Medicare, a Medicare Advantage Health Plan or …

Fraud Alert: Medicare Telemarketing Fraud scheme

Seniors in the Michigan area have been recently targeted by a fraudulent telemarketing scheme. Random callers have telephoned seniors claiming that Medicare is sending all seniors new cards. The callers have asked these seniors to verify their name and address and then asked for their bank’s name, and in some cases, more detailed banking information. These seniors were targeted by …